Glenn Ligon lives and works in New York. Ligon received a Bachelor of Arts from Wesleyan University in 1982, and attended the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program in 1985.
A mid-career retrospective of Ligon’s work, Glenn Ligon: AMERICA, organized by Scott Rothkopf, opened at the Whitney Museum of American Art in March 2011. The exhibition traveled to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in the fall of 2011, and to the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth in early 2012. Ligon has been the subject of solo museum exhibitions at the Power Plant in Toronto, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia and the Kunstverein Munich. His work was included in Documenta XI in 2002, and the 1991 and 1993 Whitney Biennials.
Glenn Ligon has earned numerous awards and recognition for his work, including the Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant in 1997, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship in 2003, the Skowhegan Medal for Painting in 2006, and the Studio Museum’s Joyce Alexander Wein Artist Prize in 2009.
Monographs of Ligon’s work include Glenn Ligon: AMERICA published by the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Yourself in the World: Selected Writings and Interviews published by Yale University Press, New Haven, CT; Glenn Ligon – Some Changes published by the Power Plant, Toronto; Glenn Ligon: Unbecoming published by the ICA Philadelphia; and Coloring: New Work by Glenn Ligon published by the Walker Art Center.
Selected public collections include Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY; Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD; Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA; Currier Museum of Art, Manchester, NH; Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, IA; Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, MI; Fisher Landau Center, Long Island City, NY; Harvard Art Museum, Boston, MA; High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL; Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; Museum of Modern Art, Fort Worth, TX; Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA; Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY; St. Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, MO; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN; and Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY.